EB-3 Unavailable Through September 30

The State Department has notified the American Immigration Lawyers Association that all EB-3 categories are now immediately unavailable and will remain so through September 30, the end of FY 2019. The annual immigrant visa quotas have been reached on all…

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Visa Bulletin – September 2019

The Department of State posted the visa bulletin for September today. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2019/visa-bulletin-for-september-2019.html  for the visa bulletin for September 2019. USCIS advised that it will accept adjustment of status petitions for employment-based adjustment of status petitions for September based upon…

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DHS to Extend TPS for Syria

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that conditions in Syria warrant continued Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the country’s citizens.  Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan announced that the ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions that prompted Syria’s initial TPS designation continue to pose a serious threat to the personal…

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New STEM OPT Worksite Inspections

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched on-site inspections of the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment of certain F-1 trainees. The purpose of the inspections is to review employer…

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New EB-5 Regulations Take Effect November 21

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a long-awaited final regulation that will make significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, including an 80% increase in investment minimums and restrictions that will limit EB-5 projects in urban areas. The new rules will…

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